Special Education & Early Childhood Services

Special Education and Early Childhood Education Services

Special Education and Early Childhood Services Quicklinks
Programs and Services
Section 504

Early Childhood
Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP)
MDE Family Matters

Programs and Services - General

Port Huron Schools offers a full continuum of programs and services to eligible students. Eligibility is based on meeting specific criteria for one or more disabilities and a determination of whether or not special education is necessary for the child to benefit from the educational program. Despite the law requiring a student to have a disability label, the label does not determine the individual programs, services or placement for the student.  

Port Huron Schools provides services in the least restrictive environment (LRE). Whenever possible the student will attend their neighborhood school and be educated in the general education classroom with his or her peers. Special education services are provided through various programs such as self-contained, resource room, co-taught and teacher consultant programs throughout the district. Only when necessary to meet a student’s unique educational needs and goals will consideration be given to providing services in other locations.

Following a comprehensive evaluation, a student’s individual education planning team will recommend how and where to best meet the student’s special needs. With consideration for federal guidelines and state requirements, specific learning disability eligibility is evaluated using pattern of strengths and weaknesses. The 'Pattern of strengths and weaknesses' method is based on both assessment and review of achievement scores and performance in a variety of academic areas, with documentation of a pattern of strengths in one or more areas as compared to other areas where the student demonstrates a pattern of significant academic weaknesses. These recommendations may include one or more specialized instruction programs or related services.

In cooperation with the St. Clair County Regional Education Service Agency (SCC RESA) programs for students with disabilities are available for our students at the Woodlands Developmental Center.

Section 504
Port Huron Schools Section 504/Title II Public Notice, Information and Resources

Port Huron Schools, as a recipient of federal financial assistance from the U.S. Dept. of Education and operator of a public elementary or secondary education program and/or activity, is required to undertake to identify and locate every qualified person residing in the District who is not receiving a public education; and take appropriate steps to notify disabled persons and their parents or guardians of the District's duty.
Port Huron Schools assures that it will provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) to each qualified disabled person in the District's jurisdiction regardless of the nature or severity of the person's disability. For purposes of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the provision of an appropriate education is the provision of regular or special and related aids and services that (i) are designed to meet individual educational needs of disabled persons as adequately as the needs of non-disabled persons are met and (ii) are based on adherence to procedures that satisfy the requirements of the 504 federal regulations.   
Port Huron Schools has developed a 504/Title II Policy Manual of the implementation of federal regulations for Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Subpart D. This Policy Manual is available for review on the District's website.
This notice will be provided in native languages as appropriate.

  • Parents/guardians with concerns about their student's educational needs should pursue the following steps toward a resolution of the issue:

    Step 1: Initiate a conversation with your student's building principal, counselor or classroom teacher. We strongly recommend you follow up with a written request to your student's principal requesting a 504 meeting or review.
    Step 2: If you do not receive a timely response within 1-2 school days, please contact the District's 504 Coordinator: Deb Werth at dwerth@phasd.us or (810) 984-3101 ext. 4066

    • Section 504 Procedural Safeguards 
    • Section 504 Grievance Procedure (Please contact for form)
    • Procedural Safeguards for Special Education

      Please contact your building administrator for additional information and/or contacts.

Early Childhood

Port Huron Schools Early Childhood Special Education program provides services to preschool students suspected of a developmental delay between the ages of 0 and 5. Our goal is to assist and provide supports for students to meet their individualized educational plans.

The staff encourages parents and families to be involved in the education of their child. Early Childhood Special Education teachers, Speech/Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists provide instruction and therapy.

Infants and toddlers attend the program located at Garfield Elementary School. Sessions for this age are by appointment only and parent/guardians are included in these sessions.

There are two sites available for children between the ages of 3 and 5. Children are placed in or close to his/her neighborhood school. Transportation is provided. Children attend school half days (either AM or PM), five days a week. Students 3 years of age and those that will turn 4 during the school year will attend the AM session. Students that are 4 or will be turning 5 during the school year will attend the PM session.

The Early Childhood Special Education program adopts the philosophy that every child is unique with an individual pattern of growth and development. The program goals, curriculum and materials are developmentally appropriate and geared to differing abilities. The program provides a safe and nurturing environment, which promotes and integrates the physical, cognitive, social, emotional, communication, and self-help areas of development through classroom activities.

Early Childhood Assessment Clinic

Children may be referred by parents or health care professionals who suspect a developmental delay in the area(s) of social or physical development, cognitive development or speech and language development. This service is offered at no cost to parents living within the Port Huron Area School District.

If you suspect your child has a developmental delay, please contact Tracee Blake at 810-984-3101 ext. 3936 to discuss your concerns.

Parent Information - Websites

St. Clair County RESA - Parent Handbook for Parents of Special Education Students 

Early On - Michigan

Early Childhood Special Education Programs

The Early Childhood Special Education Programs service children 3–5 years of age who have an identified developmental disability or health disability. The focus of these programs is to provide a highly structured learning and play environment to allow the children to develop to the fullest potential.

There are eight half-day sessions operating in two of the District's elementary school buildings. If you have a child who might be eligible for this program, contact Tracee Blake at (810) 984-3101 ext. 4066 or tblake@phasd.us.